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A Complete Guide: How to Become an AWS Certified Architect

Aug. 21, 2018
Rich Morrow

Why get certified as an AWS Architect?

If you’re looking to advance your career in IT, there are few better ways than an AWS certification. Among AWS certifications, Architect Associate is by far the most in demand. In fact, in Global Knowledge’s IT Skills and Salary Report, AWS Architect Associate is routinely one of the top-paying certifications (including non-AWS certifications), with average salary north of $120,000—not too shabby for someone looking to move onward and upward.

Unlike other certifications that focus primarily on one technology (i.e. Hadoop, MySQL, etc.), AWS certifications may cover a couple dozen AWS services. If you’re taking an AWS certification exam, you’re expected to know a bit about a lot. The “jack of all trades” with knowledge about storage, networking and processing are set up for success.

Being prepared for the topic matter isn’t enough for test takers—they also need a clear plan of how to take the test. How many questions are there? How much time are you given? Are you allowed to view questions more than once?

This certification prep guide will give candidates everything they need to ramp up both the technical and logistical knowledge needed to pass the AWS Certified Architect – Associate exam.


What is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification?

Achieving an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification validates your understanding of the following concepts:

  • Design and deploy scalable, highly available and fault-tolerant systems on AWS.
  • Lift and shift of an existing on-premises application to AWS.
  • Ingress and egress of data to and from AWS.
  • Select the appropriate AWS service based on data, compute, database or security requirements.
  • Identify appropriate use of AWS architectural best practices.
  • Estimate AWS costs and identifying cost control mechanisms.


Who should take the AWS Architect Associate exam?

Individuals who design cloud infrastructures and reference architectures or deploy systems and applications should take the AWS Architect exam. Generally speaking, solutions or enterprise architects, systems engineers or developers are the prime candidates.  


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